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Night Moves (1975)

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Los Angeles private investigator Harry Moseby is hired by a client to find her runaway teenage daughter. Moseby tracks the daughter down, only to stumble upon something much more intriguing and sinister.

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Arthur Penn

Writer:

Alan Sharp
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Harry Moseby
Jennifer Warren ... Paula
Edward Binns ... Ziegler
Harris Yulin ... Marty Heller
Kenneth Mars ... Nick
Janet Ward Janet Ward ... Arlene Iverson
James Woods ... Quentin
Anthony Costello ... Marv Ellman
John Crawford ... Tom Iverson
Melanie Griffith ... Delly Grastner
Ben Archibek Ben Archibek ... Charles
Dennis Dugan ... Boy
C.J. Hincks ... Girl
Max Gail ... Stud (as Maxwell Gail Jr.)
Susan Barrister Susan Barrister ... Ticket Clerk
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Storyline

Private detective and former football player Harry Moseby gets hired on to what seems a standard missing person case, as a former Hollywood actress whose only major roles came thanks to being married to a studio mogul wants Moseby to find and return her daughter. Harry travels to Florida to find her, but he begins to see a connection between the runaway girl, the world of Hollywood stuntmen, and a suspicious mechanic when an unsolved murder comes to light. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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What private eye Harry Moseby doesn't know about the girl he's looking for... just might get him killed. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French

Release Date:

30 August 1975 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dark Tower See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was the second film in consecutive years where actor Gene Hackman played a character named Harry. In this 1975 film, Hackman plays private eye Harry Moseby, after having played Harry Caul in the previous year's The Conversation (1974). Night Moves (1975) is actually the second of four movies where Hackman played a Harry. The third was as Harry MacKenzie in Twice in a Lifetime (1985), while the fourth and final time [as of April 2014] was as Harry Zimm in Get Shorty (1995). See more »

Goofs

When the crashed plane is found by Melanie Griffith's character, the dead pilot's face is being picked at by fish. The plane is supposed to have crashed in the ocean off the coast of Florida, but the fish are carp, which are strictly freshwater fish. See more »

Quotes

Harry Moseby: You think Delly knew that Marv and her mother were making it?
Joey Ziegler: A blind man on a galloping horse would've known. Arlene ain't Lillian Gish.
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Great film, great acting, a real surprise
15 August 2006 | by psychoren2002See all my reviews

"Night Moves" was a surprise to me. I assumed it could be a far more simple mystery/action film, but the whole thing caught my attention and really amazed me. What a great study in murder, infidelity, cruelty, sex, and relationships between strangers. A kind of film noir with dark overtones and a slow but effective suspense, the story starts as a simple investigation about a runaway teenager, but grows more and more into a complex drama plenty of unexpected twists. Gene Hackman is superb as the rude detective, the rest of the cast is also in fine form, but the real shock is to see a very young, hot (and naked) Melanie Grifith doing a terrific performance. James Woods is also here, with less impact but great to see too. An excellent film, one of the finest 70's underrated movies.


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